From 9 am-5 pm Aug. 21-22, take a break from Santa Fe's annual Indian Market and enjoy the shady Palace Courtyard, where artisans of the Portal Program will offer traditional Indian dances, music, handcrafted art, raffles and a Native specialties food booth. This free event, just steps away from the Santa Fe Plaza, has long been a welcome stop for families and Indian Market visitors.
The internationally renowned Native American Artisan Program, commonly known as the Portal Program, reserves the Palace of the Governors Portal specifically for use by Native Americans to display and sell their handmade arts and crafts. Hundreds of Native American artisans have qualified for participation by demonstrating the authenticity of their Native American pottery, sandpainting, silverwork, lapidary, and weaving.
Enter the courtyard through the Blue Gate just south of the New Mexico History Museum’s main entrance at 113 Lincoln Ave. Extend your stay (in air-conditioned comfort!) by exploring the exhibits at the New Mexico History Museum and Palace of the Governors. Admission is $6 for NM residents, $9 for others, although Sunday is free for all New Mexicans. Children 16 and under are always free.
10am: Tony Duncan Dance Troupe (San Carlos Apache/Arikara Nation/Navajo). Traditional and contemporary Native American Song and Dance.
11am: Red Turtle Dancers (Northern Pueblos). Traditional Northern Pueblo Children’s Dance.
Noon: Tony Duncan Dance Troupe.
1pm: Ed Kabotie (Hopi/Santa Clara Pueblo). Singer/songwriter – traditional and contemporary Native American music.
2pm: Red Turtle Dancers (Northern Pueblos). Traditional Tewa Children’s Dance.
3pm: Tony Duncan Dance Troupe.
4pm: Raffle drawing.